Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw’s “Wolverine & The X-Men” #6 continues this excellent series with the same high energy and confident storytelling we’ve seen in the first five issues.
Aaron has made his book an action packed and wild ride never skimping on character development. He does more with character in a few lines than most writers can do in pages. It’s a deft skill to never sacrifice character development for plot while simultaneously never sacrificing plot for character development. He’s found a perfect balance in his blend of characters and the stories he’s choosing to tell. So many comics feel telegraphed; you can feel where they’re going from miles away. I can honestly say I have no idea where Aaron is going and that’s a great thing. It makes “Wolverine & The X-Men” exciting. It makes it unique. I can’t wait to see what he’s got in store.
Nick Bradshaw had some incredibly big shoes to fill in following Chris Bachalo on this title and he has filled them shockingly well. Bradshaw maintains the same unabashed enthusiasm and boldness that we saw from Bachalo but in his own style. The characters are perfectly realized, the action is easy to follow but still kinetic and beautifully fluid. What Aaron manages to do for characters with few words, Bradshaw manages to do with a few lines and the result is a wonderful harmony. Bradshaw is joined by a veritable army of inkers, potentially problematic, but it all works surprisingly well. The colors are fittingly bright and aggressive. The sole misstep in the art is the character design for Idie. It’s not a problem in this issue since she’s absent, but her hair — straightened, strange and looking much the same as Rachel Summers — feels wrong.
Of all the numerous new books I’ve read in the last six months, this is one of the few I continue to be most excited about. Every month Aaron delivers a smart, fun, surprising book while Bradshaw has turned in amazing visuals complementing everything this book is about.